Why the mighty Porsche Macan wouldn’t make it onto my driveway

Why the mighty Porsche Macan wouldn't make my driveway

The new Macan is a car that certain people will buy because they want a 4×4 as a status symbol, even though they don’t actually need a sports SUV in their lives

Ambivalence is a tricky condition to define. When a car makes me feel that way, it’s normally because I haven’t driven it enough. Not this week. This week, I’ve done plenty of miles in Porsche’s new Macan Turbo – all in the process of our full road test on this remarkable new-breed 4×4, which you’ll be able to read in the not-too-distant future. Ambivalence reigns.

For a two-tonne SUV, this car’s handling is little short of breathtaking; even more amazing than its performance level – which is pretty serious too, thanks to the 395bhp twin-turbo V6. I’d dismissed the early reviews on this car, which all hinted at the sports-car-level poise and balance. “It’ll be good,” I thought, “but it can’t be that good.”

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